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At Durham Chiropractic Center, we take great pride in providing the best in holistic chiropractic care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different services offered in our Durham chiropractic office, but please call or email us (919) 401-5061 or [email protected] if you have any questions!

Chiropractic Care

We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Many of the newest chiropractic techniques are actually safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a chiropractor who cares about utilizing the most advanced chiropractic techniques, Dr. Rick Essman has over 25 years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, knee pain, foot pain, and other related conditions originating from the spine or other causes. Chiropractic care can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health and wellness.

Nutritional Counseling

What does nutrition have to do with chiropractic care? The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients achieve total health and balance with their body. As part of our goal, we provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices. Nutritional counseling by Dr. Rick can return you to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Do you know how these supplements and vitamins interact with one another? At our Durham chiropractic clinic, we can provide each patient with a structured nutritional program that is based on their individual needs. We carry both Standard Process, MediHerb, and Nutri-West nutritional supplements which we believe are some of the very best available.

Corrective Exercises

At Durham Chiropractic Center, depending on the specific spinal stress, we teach our patients how to perform one or two specific exercises which help strengthen the soft tissues, retrain the postural pathways, and correct the biomechanics irregularities in their spine which may be causing pain. In addition to skeletal misalignment, you may be experiencing pain that is caused by muscles and connective tissues which are out of their proper place. Other types of pain such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches are caused by muscles and tissues that are being used improperly, causing injuries over time. In each case, targeted corrective exercises and stretches from our experienced chiropractor will help you feel good while also helping your body achieve balance and health.

Lifestyle Advice

Many of our patients come to see our chiropractor to address a specific pain symptom such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While our chiropractor will address each patient's specific condition with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to "coach" our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. For example, there may be certain activities that you should avoid or do differently to prevent yourself from unintentionally aggravating your particular health challenges. The goal of including lifestyle advice with a chiropractic care plan is to help each and every patient achieve the fulfilling and happy lifestyle they deserve, one that is full of the activities that are enjoyed most. We recognize that every single one of our patients is a whole person, and we use our expertise to help them reach total health and wellness.

Spinal & Postural Screenings

There is a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your spinal health is no exception. Posture and spinal screenings by a trained and experienced chiropractor such as Dr. Rick Essman can help reveal important health information, unlocking the door to improved health and well-being. In order to help the Durham community, we provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today at (919) 401-5061 to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.

Office Hours


8:30 am-11:30 am

2:00 pm-6:00 pm


8:30 am-11:30 am

2:00 pm-6:00 pm


8:30 am-11:30 am

2:00 pm-6:00 pm


8:30 am-11:30 am

2:00 pm-6:00 pm


8:30 am-12:00 pm








  • "Wonderful treatments and a great staff to assist Dr. Rick Essman. I could not go through a season without their care. Comfortable environment an escape"
    Joanne McCallie April 2012
  • "I'm so incredibly thankful that I met you guys... you saved me from having serious nerve surgery 2 years ago on my wrist, and for that I am forever grateful. I look back at my first visit to your office, when I couldn't pick up a pen to write, let alone ride my bike anymore because my ulnar nerve was completely dead. Wow. You saved my cycling (and my ability to button my shirt up)"
    Jenn K. / Durham, NC November 2009
  • "I have been a client of Durham Chiropractic Center and Dr. Rick Essman for years. As an endurance athlete I am constantly putting my body through all types of stress. Dr. Rick has changed my life with his Chiropractic skills, helping me through countless bumps, bruises, and injuries. Dr. Rick sets himself apart from other chiropractors I have seen because of his dedication to his clients’ long-term success. His focus and dedication to finding the route cause of issues in addition to treating the immediate symptom is what has made me a lifetime patient and is why I send all of my family and athletes that I coach his way."
    Ben Turits July 2015

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